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by Mkoll
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha a product of Mara?
Replies: 43
Views: 1181

Re: Are Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha a product of Mara?

Are Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha a product of Mara? As others have said: yes, in a sense. Though I wouldn't use the phrase "product of Mara" because it has inappropriate connotations. It's in the same sense that awakening necessarily comes from a starting place of ignorance or that the end of dukkha ...
by Mkoll
Thu May 23, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 1225

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

Greetings Manas, Excellent news. If there's any way I can be of assistance in this process, don't hesitate to ask. :buddha1: Metta, Paul. :) Thanks Paul, because with so many options, i feel a bit out of my depth here, in making a decision. Even if we could just meet in person some time to discuss ...
by Mkoll
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha meditate ???
Replies: 33
Views: 758

Re: Why did the Buddha meditate ???

These might help. MN 4: “Now, brahmin, it might be that you think: ‘Perhaps the recluse Gotama is not free from lust, hate, and delusion even today, which is why he still resorts to remote jungle-thicket resting places in the forest.’ But you should not think thus. It is because I see two benefits t...
by Mkoll
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Chanting and Bowing
Replies: 20
Views: 553

Re: Chanting and Bowing

Once[1] the Blessed One was living among the Bhaggas in the Deer Park at Bhesakala Grove, near Crocodile Haunt. At that time Ven. Maha Moggallana[2] sat nodding near the village of Kallavalaputta, in Magadha. The Blessed One, with his purified divine eye, surpassing the human, saw Ven. Maha Moggall...
by Mkoll
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is catharsis a valid Buddhist technique?
Replies: 12
Views: 343

Re: Is catharsis a valid Buddhist technique?

Just look at your experience. Haven't you ever expressed anger before? Punched a person? Punched a wall or other inanimate object? Spoke to someone angrily, whether in person or over the net? Cursed out loud by yourself? Felt anger arising in your mind and given rise to further discursive thoughts o...
by Mkoll
Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: incidental exposure to marijuana smoke in public
Replies: 8
Views: 466

Re: incidental exposure to marijuana smoke in public

Polar Bear wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:26 am
I wouldn’t worry about it. Unless you’re in a hotbox for some time you’re not gonna get a contact high. I would strongly encourage you to avoid neuroticism in this regard.


:anjali:
I fully agree.
by Mkoll
Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West
Replies: 171
Views: 7260

Re: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West

Do you have any idea how condescending you sound. I do, actually. Horribly so, I imagine. On the other hand, I don't think you understand how condescending it is to come to a "Buddhist forum about the Dhamma of Theravada Buddhism", make your first post proclaiming you've attained Nibbana which is t...
by Mkoll
Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West
Replies: 171
Views: 7260

Re: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West

Do you have any idea how condescending you sound. I do, actually. Horribly so, I imagine. On the other hand, I don't think you understand how condescending it is to come to a "Buddhist forum about the Dhamma of Theravada Buddhism", make your first post proclaiming you've attained Nibbana which is t...
by Mkoll
Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West
Replies: 171
Views: 7260

Re: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West

The "Nirvana" you think you've attained is not the Nibbana that the Buddha attained and taught the way to. This was confirmed by the way you've described how you live. Now, you can choose to learn why this is the case so you can set yourself squarely on the Path to the Nibbana the Buddha attained, t...
by Mkoll
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Evidence in the suttas for the diverse interpretations on Rebirth
Replies: 8
Views: 241

Re: Evidence in the suttas for the diverse interpretations on Rebirth

You might want to check out the great rebirth debate thread stickied in one of these subforums. There is a great deal of evidence there.
by Mkoll
Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ontology vs Soteriology
Replies: 8
Views: 374

Re: Ontology vs Soteriology

Friends :smile: When I was young, ontology mattered a lot more. Now that I am getting older, soteriology has taken prime importance. All the details give me a headache, and the only question I keep asking myself is: what is the way out? Have you had a similar experience? At some point, you stop wor...
by Mkoll
Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Correct apprehension of impermanence
Replies: 12
Views: 767

Re: Correct apprehension of impermanence

It's worth noting that one of the few "universal teachings" (and by that I mean it was explicitly taught to be cultivated by both monastic and lay disciples) is the below 5 reflections, all strongly related to impermanence as one would reflect upon it reflectively, and much less to the momentariness...
by Mkoll
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Holocaust denial, revisionism or agnosticism and monastic duties
Replies: 25
Views: 998

Re: Holocaust denial, revisionism or agnosticism and monastic duties

Dear Venerable Bhikkhus and Vinaya Experts Some recent allegations I recently read about the sin of "revisionism" in respect to common interpretations of the Pali suttas brought to mind the actual crime of Holocaust denial and even Holocaust revisionism that exists under the laws of many nations. B...
by Mkoll
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Sam Vara is stepping down as moderator
Replies: 19
Views: 1207

Re: Sam Vara is stepping down as moderator

Sam,

You danced well on that line between moderator and regular member, contributing while refraining from the power trips that entice those who are given the opportunity to take them.